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AirAsia India’s maiden flight on Bangalore-Goa route for Rs990

LiveMint logoLiveMint 30-05-2014 PTI

Chennai: Low-cost carrier AirAsia (India) Pvt. Ltd on Friday said its maiden daily flight will be on the Bangalore-Goa route, with a price tag of `990 including taxes.

The airline will open the bookings this evening.

The first A320 flight is scheduled to leave Bangalore on 12 June afternoon, AirAsia India CEO Mittu Chandilya told reporters in Chennai.

AirAsia India, a joint venture between Malaysian carrier AirAsia Bhd, Tata Sons, and Arun Bhatia’s Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd, was granted flying licence by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) earlier this month after a nine-month-long wait and various legal hurdles.

“AirAsia will be opening up the bookings this evening. By 9.30pm, our fares will be up there on our website. Our first route will be from Bangalore to Goa and Goa to Bangalore. We are very excited about that,” Chandilya said.

“Our collective goal is that every Indian should have an opportunity to fly. We have our plane parked here already, he said.

Responding to a query, Chandilya said that by end of this fiscal year, the airline hopes to connect 10 cities, with 10 aircraft.

“We have about 300 people right now. Basically, we have about 80 people for one aircraft,” he said to a query on how many people the airline would be adding this fiscal year.

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